I am 63, married with 3 grown-up children. I am a keen amateur painter, pianist and writer. I also work face-to-face and over the phone with individuals seeking spiritual direction or counselling. My daughter suffered from anorexia for 5 years, and I am used to working with shy or struggling children and adults. People seem to find me personable, sympathetic and warm. I can relate well to people of all different ages.
3 years as a middle-school class teacher, also specialising in French, 1978-1981.
5 years as an assistant in middle and comprehensive schools, teaching French (up to GCSE), German and Spanish (beginners), 2002-2007. During this time I coached both weaker and very able students.
1 year teaching English as a Foreign Language privately to an adult, 2004
1 year teaching Russian GCSE in Tring Arts School, 2007
A 'Taster' morning in Russian for middle school pupils, 2007
Coaching secondary age pupils for GCSE French and private school entrance exams.
Tutoring primary age children in French.
I like to tailor work to the individual, according to their needs, strengths and goals, and I aim to build up a good working relationship from the start. I try to cover all aspects of language learning, and aim to make it as interesting and fun as possible, whilst building and strengthening a firm foundation of grammar. I will use any media that suits the student, including ICT, and take into account what learning method suits them most (eg visual etc).
|Languages||English (British), French, Russian|
|Availability||Weekdays (all times)|
|References Available||On File|
|0||BA Jt Hons French and Russian 2:1, University of Nottingham, distinction in oral French, 1977|
|0||PGCE||PGCE in Middle School Education, Merit, University of Southampton, 1978|
|0||Certificate in Spiritual Direction (akin to counselling and mentoring) 2006|
|Unpublished feedback (Usually negative)||1|